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Summary

  1. Shopping centre evacuation
  2. Toddler's tower block fall: Post mortem results
  3. Toddler's tower block fall: Community prayers
  4. Spaghetti Junction to close for weekend
  5. End of line for greyhound track
  6. Updates from Friday 22 July 2016

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    We're back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. Street racer filmed doing 100mph

    A new video highlights the dangers of street racing amid a police crackdown. 

    More than 50 vehicles have been seized at illegal ‘car cruising’ events in the last few months and 200-plus prosecutions secured, West Midlands Police says.

    This footage was filmed on Birmingham streets in April this year. The video has no sound.

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    Video caption: ‘Dangerous’ racer on Birmingham streets filmed doing 100mph
  3. Piles of rubbish on Alum Rock streets is fly-tipping, council says

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

    Broadcast Journalist

    Residents and businesses have been complaining about mounting rubbish in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

    Yesterday, we reported residents' complaints that smelly bags had been hanging around “for weeks”. They were picked up this morning.

    Wajid Hussain from the Alum Rock Community Forum told me it's been an ongoing issue "for years", claiming refuse collectors did not always "pick up all the rubbish during bin collections”.

    But a city council spokesperson says people are misunderstanding the “difference between missed collections and fly-tipping or dumping of trade waste.” Fly-tipping is illegal and is only removed when reported to the council.

    rubbish in black bin liners on a pavement
  4. Looking up - the farmers with a towering idea

    Farmers across the Midlands are experimenting with a new way to grow fruit and veg.Instead of growing strawberries and lettuce in the ground, they are growing them in towers.It's called hydroponic farming and has been developed over six years by a team at the University of Birmingham.One farm at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire is growing pak choi, while a farm near Tamworth is growing strawberries  .

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    Video caption: Farmers experiment with a new way to grow fruit and veg
  5. Brexit one month on: Have your say

    BBC Midlands Today

    If you’re still feeling a little lost and confused about what Britain’s decision to Brexit means for you, you aren’t alone. 

    A month on from the EU Referendum we’re calling in an expert to sort the facts from fiction, looking at what people said would happen and what actually happened and then make a best guess at what is likely to happen as we prepare to leave. 

    We’ve also been interested in hearing from a range of voices from across the West Midlands to find out how Brexit has affected their daily lives – if at all. 

    Today on the programme we meet the Sorge family - a French mum and German dad who weren't allowed to vote but were shocked by Brexit - and Sutton Coldfield window cleaner Roger Needle who wants to leave the EU.

    Sorge family and Roger Needle

    We’d love to hear your thoughts too, so share them with us here on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll try to read as many as we can on the programme tonight.  

  6. Allardyce confirmed as new England manager

    BBC Sport

    Sam Allardyce is confirmed as the new manager of England - on a two-year deal.

    The 61-year-old, born in Dudley, replaces Roy Hodgson who left after England's Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.

    Sam Allardyce
    Quote Message: For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football. I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud. from Sam Allardyce Manger of England
    Sam AllardyceManger of England
  7. Watch: Latest weather forecast for the West Midlands

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Any lingering showers will die out this evening to leave a dry night with plenty of clear spells and light winds.

    Some isolated mist and fog patches developing by dawn with lows of 14C (57F).

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    Video caption: Rebecca Wood has the weekend forecast
  8. Watch: German children help tend war graves

    Emma Thomas

    Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

    School children from Germany have been in Staffordshire to visit the graves of German soldiers killed in World War Two.   

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    Video caption: German children help tend Staffordshire war graves.

    There are 5,000 men buried at the military cemetery on Cannock Chase.

    Pupils from local schools helped the visitors to clean, paint and weed the site as part of a peace project dating back to the 1960s.  

  9. Tunisia shooting victim charity launch marked with a special day

    Birmingham County FA have announced a day of celebration to launch the Joel Richard's Legacy Fund, in memory of the Worcester sportsman who was killed last year in the terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia.

    Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richard

    The 19-year-old was a Walsall supporter, chairman of the Birmingham County FA youth council and involved in grassroots football across Worcestershire. 

    He was shot alongside his uncle and grandfather (pictured above). 

    The Joel Richards Legacy Fund will provide a bursary fund for local young coaches, referees and volunteers. 

    The celebration will take place on the 31 July. 

  10. Community offers prayers to family of toddler who died in tower block fall

    Ben Godfrey

    BBC Midlands Today

    I'm at a community centre in Hockley where prayers have been said for a toddler who died after falling seven floors from a tower block apartment window.

    Workshippers from the Muslim community gathered to pay their respects to the Sudanese family of the 18-month-old girl who died on Monday.

    Ryland House, where she fell, is close by. 

    Prayers at a community centre in Hockley
    Prayers at a community centre in Hockley
  11. Spaghetti plan leaves drivers with a lot on their plate

    It's time for motorists across Birmingham to work out alternative routes - Spaghetti Junction will be shut all weekend from 20:00 tonight.

    M6 Junction 6 and the Aston Expressway will not reopen until 06:00 on Monday.

    The work is part of a "vital maintenance programme to keep major roads into and out of Birmingham safe and flowing," says Highways England, which has listed details.

    Spaghetti Junction

    Birmingham City Council said: "Diversions will be in place, but we strongly recommend drivers consider switching to public transport where possible."    

  12. BreakingShopping centre evacuation: 'No danger'

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    A police corden in Smethwick has been lifted after "suspicious items" discovered at a nearby property were declared safe.

    West Cross Shopping Centre in Oldbury Road was evacuated and surrounding streets closed when police were called around 11:20. It followed a discovery by an ambulance crew that was treating a patient in a flat.

    The roads have been reopened following a search of the property and "no further police action will be taken".

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  13. 'Impact' of shopping centre's evacuation

    West Midlands Police's incident manager, Ch Insp Sean Phillips, has apologised for the "impact" caused by the evacuation of a Smethwick shopping centre.

    "I recognise the impact the evacuation will have on local people and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."  

  14. Ambulance crew discovered 'suspicious items'

    The "suspicious items" that led to this morning's evacuation of West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick and the closure of surrounding roads were discovered, police say, when an ambulance crew treated a patient at a property near the site.

    Police officers were called to the site at around 11.20.

  15. Roads surrounding evacuated shopping centre closed

    Surrounding roads within 100 metres of evacuated West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick have been cordoned off, including Marriott Road, Malin Street, West End Avenue, part of Oldbury Road and Narel Sharpe Close.